If your Murphy bed is made of solid wood, it's likely to weather better than one made of manufactured wood. This isn't to say that manufactured wood is bad, but rather that it's more likely to show chips and marks than solid wood. This is especially important because the nature of a Murphy bed is to be pulled up and down frequently, so if you plan to use your bed every day consider which wood is the right fit. Per design expert Beata Heuman, looking at the hardware of a Murphy bed is also important. As it's important for the hinges to work smoothly, you'll need to do regular maintenance on materials like iron and steel to prevent any creaking and stiffness over time.
You'll need to consider how a Murphy desk bed with included storage will fit in your room. If you have a small room and only plan to have your Murphy bed and nothing else in it, you should still consider leaving a gap between the wall and your bed. If your room is larger, Nicole Hollis recommends placing your Murphy bed in the center of your room so you don't have to squeeze into side gaps to access its storage. You'll want to aim for at least 30 inches from the wall to the bed for each side. This will allow you to move around freely and give your bedroom a spacious feel.
Desk and Chair Space:
If you work from home often, you'll want a desk space that's at least 60 inches wide. This includes room for a computer and office equipment. You'll also need to consider long-term adjustments to your desk. For example, you won't have cable management built-in as you would with a regular desk. This means you'll have to factor in where your computer wires will go when working. If the nearest outlet is far from where you want to place your Murphy bed, you should consider moving the bed closer to the outlet to accommodate this. Alternatively, you could purchase an extension cord. As for a chair, you'll need one that is less than 20 inches wide so you can store it away easily when it isn't in use.
It's unlikely for Murphy beds with desks to come in non-neutral colors, as neutrals are much easier to match with existing décor. Due to the fact white has a naturally brightening effect, design expert Maria Killam recommends opting for a Murphy bed with a white finish if it is for a smaller room. However, for a more sophisticated vibe, dark brown will lend your room a grounded look - just make sure to contrast it with lighter bedding to prevent a closed-in feel. Though black can appear imposing for such a large bed frame, it can look chic and modern if you have high ceilings.
Though not all, most Murphy beds with a desk also have storage included. If you plan to use your bed area as a home office, too, storage is even more important, as you'll need to plan out where everything will fit. At least two shelves are required to store office items if you do not have a separate space for this. Moreover, a shelf gap of approximately 15 inches is needed if you plan to have a printer or bulky larger items on these shelves. Of course, if you are only storing documents, a slim gap is no issue.